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Heart to Heart

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,538 Ratings  ·  187 Reviews
Elowyn Eden and Kassey Messechek are best friends. They share every aspect of their lives. But one thing Elowyn has not yet shared with Kassey is that she checked the organ donor box on her newly acquired driver's license. Kassey only learns of this in a startling and devastating way — when Elowyn's life-giving donor wishes are about to be honoured.

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Hardcover, 214 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Lois Duncan
Nov 05, 2010 Lois Duncan rated it it was amazing
Of course, I love it! This young adult novel about a girl who received s heart transplant is dedicated "To Lois, and to Kaitlyn whose heart lives on."

One evening when my friend Lurlene and I were having dinner together,I told her about my daughter, Kaitlyn Arquette, who was chased down in her car and shot in the head in Albuquerque, NM, in 1989 (case is still unsolved). Kait was an organ doner, and, as the recipient of her heart and lungs came out from under the anesthetic, he described to his m
Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads
Mar 30, 2016 Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads rated it it was amazing
I've heard before that Lurlene McDaniel is like the the Nicholas Sparks of the YA world... and I wouldn't disagree. Heart to Heart is the first novel I've read of the author's many novels and prepare yourself, you'll need those tissues handy in no time at all.

Within the first 50 pages, I was already crying- not a few tears, but actually crying. The author pulls you in right from the very first page, and although you already know what's going to happen, as the back blurb explains, you can't help
May 24, 2015 Rizky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sejak membaca Don't Die, My Love aku sudah jatuh hati dengan tulisan Lurlene McDaniel sehingga saat tahu buku ini akhirnya diterjemahkan aku tak ragu memasukkannya ke wishlistku.

Novel remaja yang indah dan membuatku betah membacanya. Ini tentang kisah persahabatan Elowyn dan Kassey yang begitu erat. Mereka berbagi apa saja dan mereka sering menghabiskan liburan bersama. Walau memang kehadiran Wyatt, kekasih Elowyn cukup menyita waktu Elowyn, tetapi persahabatan mereka tetap terjalin dengan baik.
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Arabeth doesn’t have a best friend, or really any friends. An Army brat whose father died in Afghanistan, she has always moved from place to place, and her diseased heart has isolated her from other children. At fourteen she should be looking forward to high school, but she is confined to her room, tethered to oxygen. Not far away in another Atlanta suburb, Kassey and Elowyn are best friends. Kassey vacations with Elowyn and her parents, they attend the same school, are both on the varsity volle ...more
Sydney Bartel
Mar 20, 2016 Sydney Bartel rated it it was amazing
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Kenzie Ramsey
Sep 02, 2011 Kenzie Ramsey rated it it was amazing
I liked this book. I could really connect to this book on how with your friends and cherishing something special. This book taught me that you must Charish everything you have and eveyone you love because god can take it away in a heart beat. I don't know what I would do if one of my friends died. It would be hard for me knowing she is not going to make me laugh,cry,and be there fir me when u need her. I can't even imagine whammy life would be like! I loved how this book could almost make me cry ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Martha rated it it was ok
Combining romance, estrangement, illness, and death, Heart to Heart packs in more pathos than an afternoon soap opera (with about as much subtlety). After 14-year-old Arabeth receives a heart transplant, she takes on the qualities of the donor – 16-year-old Elowyn – which attracts and confuses Elowyn’s best friend Kassey and boyfriend Wyatt. The fast-paced book, written with a breezy, conversational style in the alternating voices of Kassey and Arabeth, is accessible to even reluctant teen reade ...more
Yinglin Chen
May 08, 2012 Yinglin Chen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freshman-year
Dealing with a death of her only friend, and having to meet the girl who had her heart, it is very hard for Kassey to continue on with her life. Elowyn, Kassey's best friend, is in a coma due to a car crash. However, Kassey is told by the doctors that Elowyn can no longer bes aved no matter how hardthey had tried. Kassey doesn't even want to go to school anymore because, life would be hard without her best friend. However, she realized that Elowyn chose to become an organ doner, and her heart wi ...more
Kay Mcgriff
Sep 03, 2011 Kay Mcgriff rated it really liked it
This book review comes with a warning: Reading Lurlene McDaniel’s books can be addicting. I see it every year. One of my students–usually a girl–picks up one of McDaniel’s books and then goes on a reading binge, devouring novel after novel. In fact, one of my students gave me Heart to Heart to read this week, saying, “This is the best book. You have to read it.” So I did.

Heart to Heart explores the complicated relationships between four teens who are brought together by tragedy. Elowyn and Kasse
Brianne Durrant
Feb 09, 2014 Brianne Durrant rated it it was amazing
Usually when a book is about the recovery of one’s death, the person is depressed almost throughout the entire book. Towards the end, they start to get better. However, with this book, it is not the case. Kassey had been Elowyn’s friend for quite some time. However, on one stormy day, Elowyn got into a horrible car accident that left her in a coma she was unable to get out of. Kassey did mourn, but after about two weeks, she was well enough to at least go to school and communicate without pushin ...more
Janette Martinez
Mar 22, 2013 Janette Martinez rated it it was amazing
Realistic fiction fans are not to be messed with. We know what we want; we want to be satisfied with a heart touching story that leaves us craving for more.

McDaniel brings us all the romance and tears we want in Heart To Heart. Beginning with the story of Elowyn and Kassey, two best friends that last till death do them apart. Young Elowyn Eden, beautiful and warm hearted, lives the last days of her life without knowing. Kassey Messechek, gorgeous and unbreakable, unaware that she is about to lo
Camille H
Mar 27, 2015 Camille H rated it really liked it
Heart to Heart is about two best friends going through life together. They stay best friends until one of the girls named Elowyn gets into a fight with her boyfriend, and goes off into the dead of night in a thunder, and lightning storm. Kassey the other best friend, gets a call from Elowyn's mother saying that Elowyn didn't come home last night, and this is news to Kassey. She tries to call Elowyn, but there is never a reply. Elowyn's mom then calls Kassey, and tells her that the police have fo ...more
Isabelle Medina
Mar 14, 2016 Isabelle Medina rated it it was amazing
This book is about this girl named Elowyn and she was a young teenage girl and she became friends with this other girl named Kassy they became the best of friends. They were so close that her paretns invited Kassy to a trip for the summer ansd her mother was okay with it. Whent they went to wherever they went they had such a fun time but then there was 2 boys and they were flirting with them And they were older to. Kassy was smart and ran off because she wants nothing to do with boys ever sense ...more
Brittany Durrant
Mar 28, 2013 Brittany Durrant rated it it was amazing
"Heart to Heart" is told from two points of view. Kasey is a normal healthy teenage girl. Although her parents are not together and she despises her dad, she still manages to keep happy. That is until her best and only friend, Eloywn, died in a car crash.
Arabeth, on the other hand, isn't as lucky as Kasey.When Arabeth was about 13, she lost her dad due to a war. She also has a very weak heart. She can't do a lot of the things normal teenagers do, like hanging out with friends, or even going to
Jul 12, 2015 Elena rated it liked it
One of my friends recommended to me, and it was probably one of the romance books I enjoyed because there wasn't, or barely any kissing or anything over that (that kind of things make me gag and vomit sometimes). These two girls, Arabeth and Kassey, when their lives intersect, it has a powerful meaning to it. Kassey can still hold onto Elowyn, her best friend, by holding onto those memories, sharing with a girl who had a renewed life. Elowyn spirit stays forever. Her heart, both physical and emo ...more
May 08, 2016 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: child-ya, kimdle, 2016
This author was one of my favorites in middle school. Fun to read something I loved so much in the past!
Alexis Woody
Oct 12, 2014 Alexis Woody rated it really liked it
The book "heart to heart" tells the story of the tragic car accident that led to the death of teenage girl Elowyn, and how it especially affects her best friend Kassey, former boyfriend Wyatt, and a young girl named Arabeth. Elowyn had signed up to be an organ donor which was a surprise to everyone after her death including Arabeth, who had been on a wait list for a heart because her heart was failing and she needed a new one to survive. The story goes on to show how the family members and frien ...more
Amanda Dowell
Sep 18, 2014 Amanda Dowell rated it it was amazing
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Imagine your best friend dying but comes back somebody else. In the book "Heart to Heart" by Lurlene McDaniel, this strange situation occurs. "Heart to Heart" is a realistic fiction story which will grab your eyes and you won't want to put it down.
Elowyn Eden and Kassey Messechek are best friends living their life young and free. Elowyn, a new 16 year old driver, gets a brand new car for her 16th birthday. And registers as a organ donor. While
Feb 01, 2016 Rhonda rated it liked it
Very sad story but at the same time, it was uplifting. Elowyn is declared brain dead after a car accident and this is the story of how her family and friends learn to move on and how her tragic death lead to life when her organs are donated. Arabeth recieved her heart and begins to act at times like Elowyn which leads the characters to learn about the thoery of cellular memory.
Sep 23, 2015 Breanna rated it liked it
Shelves: read-1-3-stars
This book was just ok for me. It wasn't bad, but somehow the concept of Arabeth turning into Elowyn because she had Elowyn's heart didn't fly with me. I get that it's fictional, but suddenly being left handed, wanting French decor, etc. doesn't excite me as a reader. Also, the idea of a donated organ changing the organ recipient is a bit cliche.
Katie Koch
This book is a good book the main character is Kassey she loses her best friend and now is alone but there is a girl who comes in and they become friends. the problem is learing to live with out her best friend. She has to deal with her best friends boyfriend because she gone she died. i think this i a good read and i recommend it.
Jan 05, 2015 Brittany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was fantastic. Lurlene McDaniel never dissapoints. Her writing is so beautiful and she makes the story so realistic. Her books make you feel like you are living in that situation, like you are going through what those characters are going through. This was truly an amazing, heart-wrenching story.
Amalia Clements
Sep 10, 2014 Amalia Clements rated it it was amazing
heart to heart is a sad yet suprising story of a 16 yer old girl named elowyn who just got her first car. sadly days after she gets into a fight with her boyfriend late at night which caused her anger to let loose and had a terrible car crash that led to brain damage. once her best friend kassey finds out she was horrified seeing her bestfriend with a giant lump in her head unconcious just sitting there. all while this is going on a young girl there age named arabeth sits at home awaiting for th ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Sophia rated it it was amazing
I definitely did not expect myself to have the reaction that I did when reading this book. This book was beautifully written. I honestly could not put it down. So much emotion and so much passion with the characters. If you are someone who can't handle sad stories, this is not the book for you.
Jackie Arias
Jan 23, 2015 Jackie Arias rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2nd-quarter
This book talks about a girls best friend dies by a car accident but her lungs are still alive, so the parents of the girl tells the doctor to keep the lungs for someone else and a girl that has lung problem takes her lung and she starts acting exactly like the girl that died.
Connie N.
This is a very quick YA read, but a fascinating look at the concept of cellular memory (a donor's mannerisms and characteristics showing up in the transplant recipient, particularly of a heart transplant). The book is well-written, I like the format. Each brief chapter is told from Kassey's and then Arabeth's point of view, so we get to know each of these characters very well. Oddly enough, Elowyn and Terri and Matt Eden are very important characters in the book, but we get to know them as secon ...more
Megan Jerman
Oct 02, 2015 Megan Jerman rated it really liked it
I remember reading this book actually in middle school and I now have read it again in high school, and I'd like to say that I actually enjoyed reading it because I actually understood what was going on it the book!
Brittney M.
Apr 08, 2016 Brittney M. rated it it was amazing
This book seriously made me cry because the thought of loosing something one and then having someone else remind you of them... This a wonderful and greatly emotional book. ...more
Feb 02, 2015 Lester rated it liked it
What a nice, quick read. I also like the cover design..the two thumb/finger prints to make a heart. Something that I will use for childrens craft days!
I will pass this book on to our library.
Thank you.
This book was engaging and quick to read! McDaniel does a really good job of covering relationships, grief, hard conversations, unexpected change, and moving on without beating the topic to death.
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Lurlene McDaniel (born c. 1948) is an author who has written over 50 young adult books. She is well known for writing about characters struggling with chronic and terminal illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, and organ failure.

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